WEST CHESTER (February 14) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced that Chester County school districts will receive more than $13.2 million in total state funding for reimbursements for major construction projects.
The funds were distributed under Act 25 of 2016, which authorized a bond to make reimbursement payments to school districts under PlanCon, the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s system for funding school-building projects.
“Many of these reimbursements were outstanding and the projects had been on hold too long,” Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “I am pleased to see that school districts have now received their reimbursements and I am committed to continuing to work to improve and update the PlanCon process.”
Reimbursements were made to school districts in two payments. The November payment to Chester County School Districts amounted to more than $6.8 million in total. The December payment was about $6.4 million in total. The payments were as follows:
|School District||November Payment||December Payment|
|Owen J. Roberts||607,224.72||269,235.74|
|Unionville Chadds Ford||338,964.15||5,859.61|
|West Chester Area||1,018,804.80||549,564.63|
Dinniman is also a member of the Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee, also known as the PlanCon Committee. The committee was established under Act 25 to find recommendations on how to improve the PlanCon program, which handles school construction, reconstruction and the lease of public school buildings.
“PlanCon has been delayed for so long that school districts throughout Chester County were owed millions in construction funding,” Dinniman said. “I look forward to working with the committee to resolving this gridlock to ensure that funds for construction and reconstruction flowing back to school districts on time. We must revamp PlanCon into a sustainable and effective program that properly serves our schools and our students.”
The committee, which is currently reviewing and make recommendations for a new PlanCon program, is charged with preparing a report by May 15, 2017.
In addition, Dinniman was also recently elected vice president of the Pennsylvania State Public School Building Authority (SPSBA) and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Facilities Authority (PHEFA).
The SPSBA and the PHEFA finance the construction and improvement of public school and higher education facilities, respectively, with the goal of making lower cost tax-exempt financings available to school districts, community colleges, area vocational/technical schools, intermediate units, colleges, and universities. Governor Tom Wolf serves as president of both the SPSBA and PHEFA.